Essay Awards

Essay Awards

Students are responsible for verifying scholarship deadline dates.

ALBERTA MILK  - MILK EVERY MOMENT SCHOLARSHIP - $1000 (2 available – 1 female, 1 male)

This award is for students who achieve a balance in life, participate in school life, and have the desire to do great things in life.

  • Grade 12 student
  • Participate in athletic activities (school intramurals, member of a sports team, pr participate in activities outside of school ie. Dance, water polo, hockey, karate, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an attitude of fair play  and sportsmanship while participating in sport and social activities
  • Show personal development with involvement in activities other than athletics and academics (ie. Community work, hobbies, clubs, youth programs, etc)
  • Plan to attend a post-secondary facility in Canada
  • Be an Alberta resident

Applicants will be required to submit four complete copies of the application signed by the student and school principal/assistant principal, a resume, maximum two letters of reference, and an essay of a maximum of 500 words. The Alberta Milk Never Stop application form, requirements and eligibility criteria are posted on the ASAA website Deadline June 14, 2019.



To qualify, applicant must be a graduating senior & a Trail Pass member of the ASA as of January 1 of that scholarship year; must submit a cover letter, a resume, a summary of involvement in snowmobiling, a transcript of grade point averages, & an essay of the theme provided. Applications available on-line at Application must be received at ASA by March 30, 2019.



Available to Canadian high school students who are eligible to graduate from high school in 2019. Those eligible for a scholarship must be planning to enroll at a Canadian post‑secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program. Application available on-line at Deadline May 31, 2019.


COLONEL  DOUGLAS H. GUNTER HISTORY AWARDS (formerly the Canadian War Museum History Awards) -  5 of $1000

Five awards given on the basis of a 1500-2000 word essay dealing with a question relating to Canada’s military history. The essay topic differs each year. Applicant must plan to attend university in the fall and be enrolled in at least one history course in the fall semester. Application is open to all senior students who plan on graduating from secondary school in the spring of their final school year. Deadline February 23, 2018. For more information, go to:  This scholarship is under review and will not be offered for the 2018-2019 school year.


OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST - Club Level: Medallion; District Level: Plaque and a $2,500 Scholarship

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.  The topic for 2019 is "When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?" The application can be found here:



Awarded to a student who is a grade 12 graduate of a Central Alberta High School; enrolled and will be attending a post-secondary institution full-time; must provide confirmation of registration to a post-secondary education in a degree or diploma course program at a recognized university or college; provide a copy of the statement from the institution indicating courses for each semester and a copy of class schedule as well as a copy of the receipt indicating payment of tuition.

Contestants will be required to write an essay (1000-1500 words) on the following topic: "Why is Labour Important to Society?" Essays will be marked on: content, creativity & style, organization, and mechanics. Deadline September 30, 2019.

Writing tips:       Choose a specific union that has been part of a landmark decision (e.g. the RAND formula or the pay equity for CUPW members, or the more recent Court Injunction against the Alberta Government’s Bill 46).   Discuss what the decision is, how it came about, the end result and how that result is important to society as a whole and to your community specifically.  

Essays must be mailed to: The Red Deer & District Labor Council Executive, #106, 4730A – 50 St. Red Deer, AB T4N 1X2 or emailed to:



Sixteen individual bursaries of $1000 given to Western Canadian Grade 12 students based on an essay. Students are to convey the contributions they have made to their communities in a short online essay, maximum 1,250 words. Key qualities students should demonstrate are leadership, motivation and communication skills.  Other attributes may include volunteering, participation in charitable events or fundraising, and contributions that enrich the lives of others and their communities.

Only on-line entries will be accepted. Students can enter online at:  Deadline March 9, 2020.



National Prizes - Category 1 Senior, Grades 10, 11 & 12.

  • First prize: $275 and a trip for two to Ottawa to participate in the National Remembrance Day Ceremony.
  • Second prize $200.

Applications and information available form your local Legion in late fall.